Kaminaris is an Ironman and Cook is Going to KONA!

On Saturday, August 11th, Chris Kaminaris and Colin Cook competed in the inaugural Ironman US Championship that took place in New York City/New Jersey.  Despite some complications with the water that nearly caused the swim to be canceled and some pretty crazy logistics for a race in such a big city, the race went off as scheduled. The course started with a 2.4 swim in the Hudson river, followed by a 112 mile ride mostly on the Palisades Parkway, and then a 26.2 mile run that ended in Manhattan, but included a trip across the George Washington bridge.

Chris really took advantage of current in the swim to start his day off with a very fast 53:27 swim.  After that, Chris stayed disciplined on the bike and had a respectable bike split of 6:59:26 on the consistent rolling hills of the Palisades Parkway.  Chris then maintained a very steady pace during throughout the very challenging run course to finish his marathon in 5:18:59,  allowing him to complete his first Ironman in 13:35:10.  Way to go Chris!  YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!!  Here is a picture of Chris crossing the finish line:

Colin Cook had a very big day as well.  Colin also advantage of the current during the swim to come out of the water in 45:42.  Colin then stayed very disciplined on the bike finishing the 112 mile ride in 5:26:17.  Colin then completed the 5th fastest marathon in his age group of 3:30:57 on the very hill run course to complete his 5th Ironman in a total time of 9:48:07.  Colin ended up as the 25th overall age grouper of the nearly 2500 participants and earned a qualification into the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 12, 2012.  Here is some video of Colin heading down the finisher chute:


Outstanding job guys!!!


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